Second wave of Sundance ’08 titles

A fresh slate of Sundance ’08 titles were announced again today — premieres, spectrum, etc. The pop-through titles are Martin McDonagh‘s In Bruges (opening nighter), Bernard Shakey‘s CSNY Deja Vu (closing-nighter), Brett Simon‘s Assassination of a High School President, Michel Gondry‘s Be Kind Rewind, Steven Schachter‘s The Deal, Rupert Wyatt‘s The Escapist, Sean McGinty‘s The Great Buck Howard, Mark Pellington‘s Henry Poole Is Here, Sharon Maguire‘s Incendiary, Tom Kalin‘s Savage Grace, Bill Maher‘s Sleepwalking, Noam Murro‘s Smart People, Alan Ball‘s Towelhead and Barry Levinson‘s What Just Happened?.

13 thoughts on “Second wave of Sundance ’08 titles

  1. Mike Schaefer on said:

    “Sleepwalking” is by Bill Maher the director, a different guy than Bill Maher the comedian — speaking of whom, whatever happened to *his* movie about religion?

    And when did the Alan Ball movie revert to the “Towelhead” title?

  2. Schaefer – when the “older guy boinks a high school girl” plotline proved to be so old-hat as to not be controversy-courting enough, I’m guessing.

  3. Actually, the girl was supposed to be 13 — so I guess she’d still be junior high. I would be surprised if any theater is bold enough to put that title on a marquee. Of course, there are probably a few that won’t be bold enough to put the film on the screen, either.

  4. The change in the name of Ball’s movie is appalling — as Sean suggested, it’s an obvious bid for for controversy now that the sex plot proved to be nothing doing up in Toronto. They should have gone with “Sandnigger” if they really wanted to put a few asses in the seats.

    I especially love how they do it — dropping it nonchalantly in at the bottom of a press release, trying not to attract attention but obviously knowing we’re going to be sitting here and posting about it on Hollywood Elsewhere. I’m surprised that Wells didn’t bite.

  5. Let’s face it – TOWELHEAD was the original title of the novel, and NOTHING IS PRIVATE is one of the worst titles, like, ever. I’m not surprised they changed it.

  6. Wow. Sundance is such a bastion of hope for independent filmmakers… just as long as they have independent names like Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, or Robert DeNiro in their film… or your last feature won 6 Oscars including Best Picture… or if we wanna go back a few years, just as long as we have the story of a woman blowing a dog or feature a scene of a woman getting puked on topless.

  7. Re George Prager’s HELL RIDE question:
    Guessing from what little I’ve read that it’s Larry Bishop (WILD IN THE STREETS, MAD DOG TIME, KILL BILL PART II) doing an AIP motorcycle (or, as Pauline Kael called it–”wheeler) film homage with a dollop of Sergio Leone on top.

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